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Candidate 2019 Federal Election – Australian Democrats

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The Australian Democrats are contesting an election for the first time as a newly registered and merged Party, since they last had members in Parliament. They are looking for highly proactive candidates who will lead the way to represent their reemergence as a political alternative, with an approach to politics that is evidence-based, solutions-focused and community-minded. Pinnacle People Solutions has been engaged to conduct an independent, robust and objective assessment of candidate suitability.

Candidates will need to:

  • Represent their Electorate and Organisation without fear or favour
  • Work in synergy with the vision, mission and values of the Australian Democrats
  • Embody an ethic of service to the community
  • Have the drive and capacity to source and/or raise the necessary funds to support their campaign
  • Be willing to engage in door-knocking, information booths, social media and other informative events/avenues
  • Work successfully and collaboratively with a Campaign Committee
  • Work successfully and collaboratively with members of the community
  • Work successfully and collaboratively with the broader Australian Democrats team

How are we pre-selecting candidates?

It is essential to have candidates who consistently represent our Party’s values; voters must be able to trust the Australian Democrats brand, regardless of which electorate they live in. The Australian Democrats are also committed to doing things differently, and in a political landscape marred by egos, ‘jobs for the boys’ and vested interests, our pre-screening strategy sets us apart.

In keeping with our commitment to integrity, consistency and transparency, we are partnering with an award winning recruitment firm in Pinnacle People Solutions.

Pinnacle People Solutions has been engaged to conduct an independent, robust and objective assessment of candidate suitability.

Pinnacle has previously conducted a Candidate Assessment process with CountryMinded in 2016.

What is the Candidate Assessment Process?

The assessment process will be conducted in stages:

Pre-screening and engagement – potential applicants receive the Candidate Prospectus and are supported with all information required to submit an application
Stage 1 – review of written application
Stage 2 – background checking
Stage 3 – interview, referee checks and final recommendation

Only applicants who have met the objective requirements of each stage will progress to the next step of the process.

How is a candidate endorsed?

The role of Pinnacle People Solutions is to conduct the process and provide the Party with a robust, thorough report on each applicant. It is then up to the State leadership teams to review the advice from Pinnacle and undertake their own assessment of the candidates for pre-selection, ideally also consulting with members. Finally, pending endorsement from both Pinnacle and the relevant State, the candidate’s pre-selection will be ratified by the National Executive.

What is required?

Those who are interested, we invite you to request a Candidate Prospectus from Pinnacle (details below) and read carefully, to understand exactly what is required in being a successful candidate. If candidacy is not for you, but you know of someone who would be a fantastic representative, please invite them to consider applying. This process is open to both members and non-members, provided they are willing to go through our processes.

We are a Party with very limited finances, but we consider the costs of outsourcing this process to be an investment in ensuring quality candidates we can enthusiastically put our energies and resources behind.


At this critical juncture where we are only just re-emerging, we do not yet have the extensive resources of other parties to support candidates. We do not want anyone to undertake this journey without being prepared for it. For this reason, potential applicants need to recognise they will need to bring/build a support base.

Applying to go through the Candidate Assessment process comes with a fee of $800. e recognise this is a significant sum, but we have done our best to ensure it is not prohibitive, particularly in the context of the real cost to run a campaign.

Successful candidates need to demonstrate an ability to raise funds and confidently ask family, friends, locals and the wider community to get behind them and support them!

Australian Democrats leadership teams are comprised entirely of volunteers. No individual or group within the Party receives remuneration for their work. Application fees will be used in their entirety to go towards the overall costs of the Candidate Assessment Process.

Applications and Enquiries

To request a copy of the Candidate Prospectus, or to ask questions simply email jobs@pinnaclepeoplesolutions.com.au or call 1300 856 231.

Applications close: 12 March 2019